During reunion weekend, Cidalia Vital '03, RN, MS, CNL, CPAN, was named the first Elms College School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Nursing.

Sabrina Cooley (left) with Cidalia Vital, winner of the first Elms College School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Nursing.

School of Nursing Recognizes Cidalia Vital

During reunion weekend, Elms College honored Cidalia Vital '03, RN, MS, CNL, CPAN, with the first Elms College School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Nursing.

In her introduction speech, School of Nursing Dean Kathleen Scoble, Ed.D., noted that Cidalia was the first student she ever met at Elms College. Cidalia gave Dr. Scoble a tour of the campus, pointing out the highlights of Elms College. Eleven years later, Dr. Scoble returned the favor by pointing out the highlights of Cidalia's career.

Cidalia began her career at Baystate Medical Center as a nurse in the surgical intermediate care unit. Later she became a clinical nurse specialist for the post anesthesia care unit. 

Cidalia received her master of science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts in 2007 and began working as a clinical nurse specialist/nurse educator. 

She has been involved in many organizations including chair of the National Credentialing Committee of the American Nurses Association, the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, the American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses, and director of the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification (ABPANC).

"We can only imagine, Cidalia, what you will accomplish in the next ten years," Dr. Scoble said.